Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice

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An enclosed bridge over the Rio di Palazzo, Ponte dei Sospiri connects the new prison with the doge's Palace. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the view from the bridge was the last time condemned convicts saw Venice. Lord Byron wrote that the criminals would sigh at their last sight of the city. However, Lord Byron exercised a bit of literary license; the grating on the bridge openings would have made it difficult for the convicts to see anything. A more modern legend has it that lovers will be granted eternal bliss if they kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset while the bells of St. Mark's Cathedral toll. This served as a plotline for the film "A Little Romance." Using our world travel planner, Venice attractions like Ponte dei Sospiri can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The bridge of siding, one of the symbols of Venice at two steps from Piazza S. Marco. It was the "way" of the inmates who were brought from the prisons to the inquisitors to be judged.
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  • An iconic place in Venice. The visit of the bridge (included in the Palais des Doges) allows to see it with a less romantic eye.
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  • Very beautiful! The bridge is between the palace and the prison. The prisoners used to cross it and sigh when they saw outside as they would not taste freedom any time soon. You can see it very well from the south next to the palazzo. Gong inside might not be necessary as you cannot see much from inside
  • Venice doesn't disappoint and Bridge of Sighs, well you can nearly hear all the sighs of the prisoners as they took their last look at their beloved Venice. Easy to find and only a short stroll from St.. Mark's square.
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